Music Video of the Day: I Believe In A Thing Called Love by The Darkness (2003, dir. Alex Smith)


Happy Valentines Day!

That’s not enough? Okay, fine.

The video starts off with The Darkness onboard their version of the ZZ Top spaceship car.

Rough Boy by ZZ Top

Rough Boy by ZZ Top

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Then Justin Hawkins emerges from a heart-shaped bath before something that reminds me of Grimace dries him off. That’s followed by Hawkins reminding us that he is a fan of Queen.

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

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You can also see in the background that he either made a sculpture based on this…

I Want To Break Free by Queen

I Want To Break Free by Queen

or borrowed some of the furniture from the Korova Milk Bar used last by Rob Zombie in 2002.

Never Gonna Stop by Rob Zombie

Never Gonna Stop by Rob Zombie

This was a few years before Zombie would get Alex DeLarge and Michael Myers to sit down and discuss masks.

Then it’s time to introduce the rest of the band, and play some guitar before Hawkins gets beamed down to a planet to fight a giant crab. I guess the Gorn were too good for this music video.

Star Trek: TOS -- Arena

Star Trek: TOS — Arena

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However, we do get a cameo appearance from the rock.

Star Trek: TOS -- Arena

Star Trek: TOS — Arena

Of course Hawkins dodges the rock like Captain Kirk did, and with the power of a Bohemian Rhapsody reference…

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he throws it right back. They’re working with a limited runtime. Hawkins doesn’t have the time to make a gun.

Then Hawkins runs through decontamination before turning to point down the corridor to show off their gigantic Marshall Stack.

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I’m sure they were added later, but I’m still going to call this for The Animals and say that hot flames of fire were roaring at their feet. I have no idea if this one was a reference to Spill The Wine by The Animals, but it is the first thing I thought of when I saw the scene. Plus, out of the middle of the flames does comes this red-colored Orion girl.

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Meanwhile, back on the bridge, the band prepares for their final reference.

A space creature latches itself onto the ship like in that episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Star Trek: The Next Generation -- Galaxy's Child

Star Trek: The Next Generation — Galaxy’s Child

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Unlike Star Trek: The Next Generation, they turn on their instrument phasers and blast the thing to dust.

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Then we get a thumbs up from Hawkins…

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before their ship crash lands on a planet in the video for their song Friday Night, which picked up right after this one.

Again, Happy Valentine’s Day!

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7 responses to “Music Video of the Day: I Believe In A Thing Called Love by The Darkness (2003, dir. Alex Smith)

    • Thank you, Andrew. I am on FB, and I took a look at your group. You are free to share this or any other music video of the day posts I do to the group. I do them daily as the title suggests.

      However, I don’t plan on joining. The reason is that I am not a self-promoter. My FB Page that I have left to rot so often is a testament to that fact. I am also not a social butterfly. I probably should be in both cases, but I am not. I am however happy to respond to polite comments such as yours. If joining the group–even if I don’t use it–would allow me to do that with anything you or someone else might share of mine, then I’ll consider it.

      Otherwise, I hope you enjoy the posts. I rarely do ones this detailed–usually because there isn’t enough material to work with or my chronic bad health kills my strength to do so. The Darkness is an exception since they work in all kinds of references such as the video for Girlfriend, which has fun with the career-ending music video for Rock Me Tonite by Billy Squier. Or the one for With A Woman where they make fun of Van Halen’s Hot For Teacher and follow it up with the video for Everybody Have A Good Time where we find out what happened to Waldo and the teacher after he graduated. I also did the same for Butterfly by Mariah Carey since that was a Daniel Pearl shot and directed music video. I couldn’t let that one go without an almost shot-for-shot breakdown.

      Thanks again for stopping by, Andrew. I always appreciate comments such as yours.

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      • No worries at all, we’re a very supportive community and we all share music and articles that we’re proud of and in my opinion it’s quite a positive space. However, totally understand, no worries if it’s not your cup of tea, just wanted to offer it up 🙂

        I shall keep checking out your posts nonetheless, keep it up!

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